DO BULINDI CHIMPS HUNT?
Chimpanzees are notorious hunters of other mammals, especially monkeys. But the Bulindi chimps are unusual: they don't seem to recognize other animals as food. In a short article just-published, the research team describe cases of chimps at Bulindi handling and playing with dead animals (a guineafowl and hyrax), apparently after capturing them alive, but showing no interest in eating them!
NEW PUBLICATION: Gastrointestinal parasite infections and self-medication in wild chimpanzees surviving in degraded forest fragments within an agricultural landscape mosaic in Uganda.
HEALTH MONITORING FOR CONSERVATION
The Bulindi chimpanzees live in such close contact to local villagers and domestic animals, that threats to their health are always a big concern. Consequently, we monitor the chimps' heath closely.
Great to see this new study published on the chimps' intestinal parasites and the self-medicative behaviors they use to help combat these. While the chimps suffer from a variety of parasites, this is quite normal for any population of wild chimpanzees. Despite their 'high risk' environment, the Bulindi chimps seem pretty healthy overall!
The full article can be accessed here:
McLennan, M.R., Hasegawa, H., Bardi, M., Huffman, M.A. (2017).
Gastrointestinal parasite infections and self-medication in wild chimpanzees surviving in degraded forest fragments within an agricultural landscape mosaic in Uganda. PLoS ONE, 12(7), e0180431.